NEW JOB POSTING

Position Title: New Castle County Conservation Technician (full-time)
Reports to: DWL Restoration and Research Manager
Location: DWL Main Office, 315 Taylors Bridge Road, Townsend, DE (east of Middletown, DE)

About Delaware Wild Lands, Inc.

Delaware Wild Lands, Inc. is the State of Delaware’s oldest and largest land trust. Since our founding
in 1961, Delaware Wild Lands has permanently protected more than 31,800 acres of land, 21,800
acres of which we now own and manage for vibrant wetlands and wildlife habitat, clean air and pure
water, and healthy farms and forests. We support traditional uses of the landscape, including farming,
forestry, and hunting, and are deeply committed to high quality stewardship and management of our
lands to ensure their character, biodiversity, and natural beauty and bounty are safeguarded forever.

About the Position

The New Castle County Conservation Technician is a key position at Delaware Wild Lands’ (DWL)
and will help ensure DWL’s success in achieving our mission and expanding our conservation and
restoration work. The New Castle County Conservation Technician will support DWL’s land
management and restoration efforts in New Castle County to ensure DWL’s lands in New Castle
County are managed in alignment with their intended uses including farming, hunting, restored
habitat, and/or wildlife reserves. This is a new position that provides an opportunity for an
enthusiastic, motivated individual to grow with the organization by helping DWL manage and
maintain properties, key habitats, and restored lands.

The New Castle County Conservation Technician is also responsible for general upkeep and
maintenance of DWL’s New Castle County properties and land management equipment, including
maintenance of wildlife reserves and restoration projects, invasive species management, site
preparation for restoration projects, land maintenance, repair of gates, trash removal, boundary
monitoring, etc.

The New Castle County Conservation Technician will work mostly outside on DWL-owned lands,
act as a representative of the organization, and may interact with the public and DWL’s lessees to
address issues and answer questions concerning DWL’s mission, goals, projects, and properties.
The New Castle County Conservation Technician will work out of the organization’s headquarters
located in Townsend, Delaware (near historic Odessa) and will also assist with conservation and
restoration projects and programs on DWL’s landholdings in Kent and Sussex Counties, as needed.
The New Castle County Conservation Technician will be supervised by DWL’s Restoration and
Research Manager.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Maintain NCC properties and ensure general upkeep of properties
    •  General upkeep of properties and structures
    • Access lane and gate maintenance
    • Boundary monitoring and addressing trespassing issues
    • Lease compliance monitoring
    • Monitoring and maintenance of structures (barns, impoundments, houses, and
      outbuildings), including minor repairs and trash removal
  • Operating, maintaining, and organization of light and heavy machinery and hand powered
    tools
  • Assist with implementation, maintenance, and monitoring of DWL’s restoration projects and
    existing wildlife habitat
  • Assist with restoration project site preparation, such as mowing, developing firebreaks,
    discing, planting, and invasive species management
  • Utilize habitat management techniques to maintain and support established wildlife habitat,
    including invasive species treatment and mowing
  • Monitor restoration sites and existing wildlife habitat areas to ensure goals are met
  • Work with volunteers and lessees to assist with implementation of property management,
    habitat restoration, and outreach and education
  • DWL staff members operate as a team and the New Castle County Conservation Technician will be
    expected to perform other duties, as assigned.

Required Skills/Core Competencies

  • Experience in performing a variety of groundskeeping, mechanical, and building maintenance
    trades work.
  • Experience in operating motor vehicles, farm equipment, landscaping and groundskeeping
    equipment, and hand power tools in various conditions and terrain.
  • Experience with routine and preventative equipment and tool maintenance and knowledge of
    appropriate safety protocols.
  • Knowledge of and ability to identify Delaware’s Piedmont and Coastal Plain history, species,
    natural communities, and ecosystems.
  • Knowledge of and ability to identify plant life, pest or disease control, invasive species and
    management.
  • Experience in herbicide application and other invasive species control methods and materials.
  • Knowledge of local and regional natural resource issues, agricultural practices, and habitat
    management issues and challenges.
  • Ability to work outdoors for long hours and in various environmental conditions.
  • Familiarity with aerial photos, surveys, topographic maps, and ability to navigate properties in
    remote areas.
  • Experience using MS Office programs such as Word and Excel.
  • Good communication skills and ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and without close supervision.
  • Success in managing multiple concurrent projects.

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience with the principles, practices, techniques, goals and objectives of
    natural resources conservation, preservation, and habitat and land management activities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a small team environment to develop strategies, set
    goals, resolve problems, make decisions, adapt to changing work priorities, and implement
    plans that are in the best interest of the organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse range of individuals, farmers, hunters, outdoor
    recreationists, birders, and representatives from Federal and state agencies.
  • Able to work on a flexible schedule with some night and weekend work and travel throughout
    the region, sometimes on short notice.
  • Current and valid driver’s license.

This is a full-time position and salary will be commensurate with experience. Benefits include
health, life, vision and dental insurance, 401k retirement plan with employer contribution, and paid
time off.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis and must be received no later than
12:00 pm, September 30, 2022. Anticipated hire date will be November 2022 and potentially
sooner if a qualified candidate is identified.

Send cover letter, resume, salary requirements and three references to:

Kim Staska
Delaware Wild Lands, Inc.
PO Box 505
Odessa, DE 19730
info@dewildlands.org
Office: (302) 378-2736

Questions about this position may be directed to Kate Hackett or Hannah Small, at 302-378-2736 or
info@dewildlands.org. To learn more about Delaware Wild Lands visit
facebook.com/DEWildLands or www.dewildlands.org

 

Delaware Wild Lands is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Delaware Wild Lands to afford equal employment
opportunity to all qualified persons regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, military status, disability, age,
or genetic information.